Overview of MCEER's New Center Approach
A Message from the Director
Participants at MCEER's Annual Meeting pose for a group photo outside the University Inn and Conference Center in Buffalo.
Over the past year, MCEER has been active in refining its NSF-supported research and education activities, and expanding the strategic partners network. These activities have been influenced by many factors, including the attack on our nation last September 11, which has provided new opportunities to develop disaster resistant communities. In June, MCEER organized a plenary workshop (co-sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems) to bring together experts in blast engineering to meet with specialists in earthquake hazard mitigation and the emergency response community to determine areas of mutually beneficial and cooperative research. This is a new area of multidisciplinary cooperation, and MCEER looks forward to the research opportunities that may develop.
On another front, we have comprehensively examined and modified our research agenda, industry partnership program and research management structure. This has resulted in a revitalized Center-wide strategic five-year plan. The plan includes a refined mission statement: "to enhance the seismic resiliency of communities through improved engineering and management tools for critical infrastructure systems and emergency management functions by developing advanced knowledge and technologies through integrated team efforts."
Members of the new Industry Advisory Board made presentations during the industry day segment. Shown above is Douglas Taylor, Taylor Devices.
Other highlights of this new approach include the creation of an Industry Advisory Board (IAB), comprised of architecture, engineering and manufacturing firms and government agencies, which will provide input to the MCEER Executive Committee in developing research tasks. The board is chaired by Gary Hart, Hart-Weidlinger Division of Weidlinger Associates, and the members are listed below.
This past March, MCEER hosted its annual meeting for researchers, students and industry participants. The meeting provided MCEER's management team with an opportunity to present the new Center approach. The meeting included an industry day segment that allowed IAB members to make presentations to all the attendees and a poster session for student researchers.
The first joint meeting of the IAB/MCEER Executive Committees was held at the annual meeting in March. As a result of this meeting, specific research activities were identified as key to the achievement of MCEER's strategic plan, and corresponding task statements were requested from researchers who could contribute to the plan. In April, these statements were evaluated using a new prioritization matrix approach, and the result is the Year 6 research program. More details about the new five-year plan (for years 2002-2007) can be found on our website at http://mceer.buffalo.edu/research/default.asp.
--George C. Lee, Director
John Abruzzo, The Thornton-Tomasetti Group
Jefferson W. Asher, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Edward Bortugno, Governor's Office of Emergency Services
Paul Bryant, Mitigation Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Mohammed Ettouney, Weidlinger Associates, Inc.
John Gillengerten, State of California
Thomas H. Hale, State of California
Gary Hart, Hart-Weidlinger Division
Paul Hough, Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
Saif Hussain, SHA Coffman Engineers, Inc.
Roy A. Imbsen, Imbsen & Associates
Jeremy Isenberg, Weidlinger Associates, Inc.
Thomas Jung, Bureau of Architectural and Engineering Facility Planning
Mary Kerns, Enidine Inc.
Young-Suk Kim, Unison Industrial Co., Ltd.
D. Stanton Korista, Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill LLP
David Lee, East Bay Municipal Utility District
Peter Lee, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
R. Jay Love, Degenkolb Engineers
David K. MacLeod, Cannon Design
Jon Mochizuki, City of Los Angeles
Anoop Mokha, Earthquake Protection Systems, Inc.
Pat Moyer, Dynamic Isolation Systems, Inc.
Nobuo Murota, Bridgestone Corporation
Jean-Robert Pierre, Transenergie Hydro Quebec
Daniel Scorza, City of Los Angeles
Glenn Singley, City of Los Angeles
Ellis Stanley, City of Los Angeles
Douglas Taylor, Taylor Devices, Inc.
Ronald Tognazzini, City of Los Angeles
Christos Tokas, State of California
Thomas Whitlow, Memphis Light, Gas and Water
Michael Willford, ARUP